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Robert G. Scofield writes:
 > I subscribe to an expensive web based research program for my business.  I 
 > start the program by typing a password on a webpage.  When I type the 
 > password, asterisks are echoed back to represent the characters of the 
 > password.
 > 
 > Here's my question.  If I use this service where the public has access to the 
 > webpage; say the U.C.Davis Law Library, can someone get into someplace like 
 > the browser cache and retrieve the password?  In other words, how secure is 
 > the password (after I log off and leave) in computers to which the public has 
 > access?

Unless the form uses https, not too secure. Especially if the form
uses the GET method (as opposed to POST).

IIRC, https queries are required not to be cached, so your safe in
that case.

-Micah
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